New Arrivals · Poetry

August 29, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The nerve of it : poems new and selected

August 28, 2015
Emanuel, Lynn, 1949- author.
xi, 105 pages ; 23 cm
"I have linked poems from different books and periods, and I have also arranged a series of collisions among some of them. I have ignored chronology, placing new poems beside old, mixing middle and early poems with recent work, and liberating all my poems from the restraints of their particular histories, both aesthetic and autobiographical. I hope you will read this as though I have, in fact, composed a new book"--Page xi.

Reconnaissance : [poems]

August 27, 2015
Phillips, Carl, 1959-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
52 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
"A powerful, inventive collection from one of America's most respected poets -- There's a trembling inside the both of us, there's a trembling, inside us both. The territory of Reconnaissance is one where morals threaten to become merely "what the light falls through," "suffering [seems] in fact for nothing," and "all we do is maybe all we can do." In the face of this, Carl Phillips, reconsidering and unraveling what we think we know, maps out the contours of a world in revision, where truth lies captured at one moment and at the next goes free, transformed. These are poems of searing beauty, lit by hope and shadowed by it, from a poet whose work "reinstates the possibility of finding meaning in a world that is forever ready to revoke the sources of meaning in our lives" (Jonathan Farmer, Slate)"-- Provided by publisher.

Double jinx : poems

August 24, 2015
Reddy, Nancy, 1982-
Minneapolis, MN : Milkweed Editions, 2015.
79 pages ; 22 cm

Roll deep : poems

August 18, 2015
Jackson, Major, 1968-
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
93 pages ; 22 cm

The road not taken : finding America in the poem everyone loves and almost everyone gets wrong

August 18, 2015
Orr, David, 1974- author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2015.
184 pages ; 22 cm
The poet -- The poem -- The choice -- The chooser.
The poetry columnist for "The New York Times" examines the beloved Robert Frost poem, its history, cultural influence, and artistic complexity, and explores the controversy between the two diverging opinions on the poem's meaning.

Dome of the hidden pavilion : new poems

August 7, 2015
Tate, James, 1943-2015, author.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
xi, 142 pages ; 24 cm
A series of prose poems takes an absurdist view of everyday life and examines the journey towards its inevitable end.

Joy : poet, seeker, and the woman who captivated C. S. Lewis

August 6, 2015
Santamaria, Abigail.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
xv, 413 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Joy Davidman is known, if she is known at all, as the wife of C.S. Lewis. Their marriage was immortalized in the film Shadowlands and Lewis's memoir A Grief Observed. Now, through new documents as well as years of research and interviews, Abigail Santamaria brings Joy Davidman Gresham Lewis to the page in the depth she deserves. A poet and radical, Davidman was an active member of New York literary and communist circles in the 1930s and 1940s. After growing up Jewish in the Bronx, she became an atheist, then a practitioner of Dianetics; she converted to Christianity after experiencing a moment of transcendent grace. A mother, a novelist, a vibrant and difficult and intelligent woman, she set off for England in 1952, determined to captivate the man whose work had changed her life. Davidman became the intellectual and spiritual partner Lewis never expected. She helped him refine his autobiography, Surprised by Joy, and to write his novel Till We Have Faces. Their relationship--begun when Joy wrote to Lewis for religious guidance--grew from a dialogue about faith, writing, and poetry into a deep friendship and a timeless love story.--Adapted from book jacket.

Enchanted air : two cultures, two wings : a memoir

July 31, 2015
Engle, Margarita.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2015]
192 pages ; 22 cm
"In this memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War"

Tender data

July 27, 2015
McClure, Monica, author.
Austin : Birds LLC, 2015.
145 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Senegal taxi

July 20, 2015
Herrera, Juan Felipe.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2013.
93 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

Turning into dwelling : poems

July 15, 2015
Gilbert, Christopher, 1949-
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2015]
xvi, 187 pages ; 23 cm

I greet you at the beginning of a great career : the selected correspondence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg, 1955-1997

July 10, 2015
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence.
San Francisco, CA : City Lights Books, [2015]
viii, 284 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, facsimilies ; 23 cm
"In 1969, Allen Ginsberg wrote to his friend, fellow poet, and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, "Alas, telephone destroys letters!" Fortunately, however, by then the two had already exchanged a treasure trove of personal correspondence, and more than any other documents, their letters- intimate, opinionated, and action-packed- reveal the true nature of their lifelong friendship and creative relationship. Collected here for the first time, they offer an intimate view into the range of artistic vision and complementary sensibilities that fueled the genius of their literary collaborations." -- Provided by publisher.

Blue Fasa

July 10, 2015
Mackey, Nathaniel, 1947- author.
xv, 155 pages ; 23 cm.
Nathaniel Mackey's sixth collection of poems, Blue Fasa, carries forward what the New Yorker has described as the "mythological conception" and "descriptive daring" of his two intertwined serial poems. A long song that's one and more than one, this collection takes its title from two related black musical traditions, a West African griot epic as told by the Fasa, a clan in ancient Ghana, and trumpeter Kenny Dorham's hard bop classic "Blue Bossa," influenced by the emergence of Brazilian bossa nova. The book opens with the catch of the heart and the call of romance, as it follows a band of travelers, refugees from history, on their incessant migrations through time, place, and polity toward a truer sense of being and belonging.

Black cat bone : poems

July 9, 2015
Burnside, John, 1955-
viii, 69 pages ; 20 cm
Winner of both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize, Black Cat Bone is the first American publication of the poetry of John Burnside. John Burnside's Black Cat Bone is full of poems of thwarted love and disappointment, raw desire, the stalking beast. One sequence tells of an obsessive lover coming to grief in echoes of the old murder ballads, and another longer poem describes a hunter losing himself in the woods while pursuing an unknown and possibly unknowable quarry. Black Cat Bone introduces American readers to one of the best poets writing across the Atlantic.

The pawnbroker's daughter : a memoir

July 9, 2015
Kumin, Maxine, 1925-2014.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
167 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Need money? See Pete. Recollections by the pawnbroker's daughter -- Love in wartime -- Metamorphosis: from light verse to the poetry of witness -- Our farm, my inspiration -- The making of PoBiz farm.
"From Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Maxine Kumin, a timeless memoir of life, love, and poetry. Maxine Kumin left an unrivaled legacy as a pioneering poet and feminist. The Pawnbroker's Daughter charts her journey from a childhood in the Jewish community in Depression-era Philadelphia, where Kumin's father was a pawnbroker, to Radcliffe College, where she comes into her own as an intellectual and meets the soldier-turned-Los Alamos scientist who would become her husband; to her metamorphosis from a poet of "light verse" to a "poet of witness"; to her farm in rural New England, the subject and setting of much of her later work. Against all odds, Kumin channels her dissatisfaction with the life that is expected of her as a wife and a mother into her work as a feminist and one of the most renowned and remembered twentieth-century American poets" -- Provided by publisher.


June 30, 2015
Barot, Rick, 1969-
Louisville, Kentucky : Sarabande Books, [2015]
ix, 67 pages ; 23 cm.
"That art should once have been marked with this delicacy: always only one of each thing made, so that your poem has its one life on the sheet you have chosen for it, or the snapshot of the birthday party, everything in the room upended by the children's jubilation, survives only in the single defended piece of glass.Rick Barot was born in the Philippines, and received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is the author of The Darker Fall and Want and teaches at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College"-- Provided by publisher.

Count the waves : poems

June 30, 2015
Beasley, Sandra.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
96 pages ; 22 cm

Scattered at sea

June 30, 2015
Gerstler, Amy, author.
77 pages ; 23 cm.
"A dazzling new collection from an award-winning poet Amy Gerstler has won acclaim for sly, sophisticated, and subversive poems that find meaning in unexpected places. The title of her new collection, Scattered at Sea, evokes notions of dispersion, diaspora, sowing one's wild oats, having one's mind expanded or blown, losing one's wits, and mortality. Making use of dramatic monologue, elegy, humor, and collage, these poems explore hedonism, gender, ancestry, reincarnation, bereavement, and the nature of prayer. Groping for an inclusive, imaginative, postmodern spirituality, they draw from an array of sources, including the philosophy of the ancient Stoics, diagnostic tests for Alzheimer's disease, 1950s recipes, the Babylonian Talmud, and Walter Benjamin's writing on his drug experiences"-- Provided by publisher.

The weary blues

June 26, 2015
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967.
91 pages ; 20 cm
"Reprint of Langston Hughes' book of poems The Weary Blues with a new introduction by the poet Kevin Young"-- Provided by publisher.
Foreward / Kevin Young -- Introducing Langston Hughes to the Reader / Carl Van Vechten -- Pt. I. The Weary Blues -- The Weary Blues -- Jazzonia -- Negro Dancers -- The Cat and the Saxophone -- Young Singer -- Cabaret -- The Midnight Nan at Leroy's -- To A little Lover-Lass, dead -- Harlem Night Club -- Nude Young Dancer -- Young Prostitute -- To a Black Dancer -- Song for a Banjo Dance -- Blues Fantasy -- Lenox Avenue: Midnight -- Pt. II. Dream Variations -- Dream Variation -- Winter Moon -- Poeme d'Automne -- Fantasy in Purple -- March Moon -- Joy -- Pt. III. The Negro Speaks of Rivers -- The Negro Speaks of Rivers -- Cross -- The Jester -- The South -- As I Grew Older -- Aunt Sue's Stories -- Poem -- Pt. IV. Black Pierrot -- A Black Pierrot -- Harlem Night Song -- Songs to the Dark Wirgin -- Ardella -- Poem-To the Black Beloved -- When Sue Wears Red -- Pierrot -- Pt. V. Water-Front Streets -- Water-Front Streets -- A farewell -- Long Trip -- Port Town -- sea Calm -- Caribbean Sunset -- Young Sailor -- Seascape -- Natcha -- Sea Charm -- Death of an Old Seaman -- Pt. VI. Shadows in the Sun -- Beggar Boy -- Troubled Woman -- Suicide's Note -- Sick Room -- Soledad -- To the Dark Mercedes -- Mexican Market Woman -- After Many Springs -- Young Bride -- The dream Keeper -- Poem (To F. S.) -- Pt. VII. Our Land --Our Land -- Lament for Dark Peoples -- Afraid -- Poem-For the Portrait of an African Boy -- Summer Night -- Disillusion -- Danse Africaine -- The White Ones -- Mother to Son -- Poem -- Epilogue --
"Nearly ninety years after its first publication, this celebratory edition of The Weary Blues reminds us of the stunning achievement of Langston Hughes, who was just twenty-four at its first appearance. Beginning with the opening "Proem" (prologue poem)--"I am a Negro: / Black as the night is black, / Black like the depths of my Africa"--Hughes spoke directly, intimately, and powerfully of the experiences of African Americans at a time when their voices were newly being heard in our literature. As the legendary Carl Van Vechten wrote in a brief introduction to the original 1926 edition, "His cabaret songs throb with the true jazz rhythm; his sea-pieces ache with a calm, melancholy lyricism; he cries bitterly from the heart of his race. Always, however, his stanzas are subjective, personal," and, he concludes, they are the expression of "an essentially sensitive and subtly illusive nature." That illusive nature darts among these early lines and begins to reveal itself, with precocious confidence and clarity. In a new introduction to the work, the poet and editor Kevin Young suggests that Hughes from this very first moment is "celebrating, critiquing, and completing the American dream," and that he manages to take Walt Whitman's American "I" and write himself into it. We find here not only such classics as "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" and the great twentieth-century anthem that begins "I, too, sing America," but also the poet's shorter lyrics and fancies, which dream just as deeply. "Bring me all of your / Heart melodies," the young Hughes offers, "That I may wrap them / In a blue cloud-cloth / Away from the too-rough fingers / Of the world.""-- Provided by publisher.

Null set : poems

June 25, 2015
Mathys, Ted, 1979-
Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2015.
77 pages ; 23 cm


June 18, 2015
Phillips, Rowan Ricardo.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
61 pages ; 22 cm
"A spectacularly vibrant and continually surprising collection from one of the poetry world's rising young stars "Who the hell's heaven is this?" Rowan Ricardo Phillips offers many answers, and none at all, in Heaven, the piercing and revelatory encore to his award-winning debut, The Ground. Swerving elegantly from humor to heartbreak, from Colorado to Florida, from Dante's Paradise to Homer's Illiad, from knowledge to ignorance to awe, Phillips turns his gaze upward and outward, probing and upending notions of the beyond. "Feeling, real feeling / with all its faulty / Architecture, is / Beyond a god's touch"--but it does not elude Phillips. Meditating on feverish boyhood, on two paintings by Chuck Close, on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, on a dead rooster by the side of the road in Ohio, on an elk grazing outside his window, his language remains eternally intoxicating, full of play, pathos, and surprise. "The end," he writes, "like / All I've ever told you, is uncertain." Or, elsewhere: "The only way then to know a truth / Is to squint in its direction and poke." Phillips--who received a 2013 Whiting Writers' Award as well as the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award--may not be certain, but as he squints and pokes in the direction of truth, his power of perception and elegance of expression create a place where beauty and truth come together and drift apart like a planet orbiting its star. The result is a book whose lush and wounding beauty will leave its mark on readers long after they've turned the last page"-- Provided by publisher.

My feelings : poems

June 16, 2015
Flynn, Nick, 1960- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, 2015.
89 pages ; 23 cm

Parallax : and selected poems

June 16, 2015
Morrissey, Sinéad, 1972- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
211 pages ; 22 cm
"A T. S. Eliot Prize-winning collection from one of Ireland's major contemporary poets PARALLAX: (Astron.) Apparent displacement, or difference in the apparent position, of an object, caused by actual change (or difference) of position of the point of observation. (OED) In Parallax Sine;ad Morrissey documents what is caught, and what is lost, when houses and cityscapes, servants and saboteurs ("the different people who lived in sepia"), are arrested in time by photography (or poetry), subjected to the authority of a particular perspective. Assured and disquieting, Morrisey's poems explore the paradoxes in what is seen, read, and misread in the surfaces of the presented world"-- Provided by publisher.

The essential Ginsberg

June 15, 2015
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997.
New York : Harper Perennial, [2015]
xvi, 423 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction by Michael Schumacher -- I. Poems -- II. Songs -- III. Essays -- IV. Journals -- V. Interviews -- VI. Letters -- VII. Photographs.
"A collection of essential poems, essays, letters, songs, and photographs which aims to introduce new readers to the scope of Allen Ginsberg's work in its prolific and profound diversity"-- Provided by publisher.

The news : poems

June 12, 2015
Brown, Jeffrey, 1956- author.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2015]
xiv, 95 pages ; 23 cm

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